Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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New Hudson girls basketball coach Jess Carney was happy the Raiders beat Colfax, 54-38, in the season opener last Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the high school. But not for herself. "It's more important for the girls," she said. "That's the way you want to start your season, and I thought right from the get-go we came out with a lot of poise and we executed the game plan very well. They're really buying into what the coaches are trying to get them to do, and seeing great results with it."
The tenth-ranked UW-River Falls men's basketball team kicked off its five game homestand with a pair of victories last week, rolling past UW-Superior, 98-68, Tuesday, Nov. 21, and holding off Hamline University, 68-60, Saturday, Nov. 25. After hosting Carthage College Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Falcons will face Carleton College Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and the University of St. Thomas Saturday, Dec. 9, before hitting the road for the first time in nearly a month.
Nothing puts a target on a team's back more than having the label, "Defending State Champion" in front of your name. "Absolutely," Raider boys hockey head coach Brooks Lockwood said. "Everybody wants to take a crack at us. We'll get everybody's best game." If the first two games of the season are any indication, the Raiders are up to the challenge. Hudson went 2-0 at the Woodbury Thanksgiving Tournament at Bielenberg Ice Arena, shutting out Mankato East, 3-0, and beating Hopkins, 6-2.
Senior defensive end Cole Godbout has been named the 2017 Big Rivers Conference Defensive Player of the Year and to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association First Team, headlining a list of ten Raider football players honored by the BRC and five who received WFCA All-Region honors.
Five members of the Raider boys soccer team, including three sophomores have been named to 2017 All-Big Rivers Conference teams. Two of those sophomores, midfielder Kolton Prater and defender Nick Thompson, earned spots on the All-BRC First Team. Prater also received honorable mention to the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team after compiling 15 goals and 16 assists this season. It's the second straight all-conference honor for Prater after earning a spot on the All-BRC Second Team in 2016 as a freshman.
Wisconsin's nine-day regular gun deer season opened last Saturday, Nov. 18, but 10 year-old Britta Holter of Hudson got a jump on things when she bagged her first deer, this 7-point buck, during the state youth hunt Oct. 7. Photo courtesy of Todd Holter
Both the UW-River Falls men's and women's basketball teams christened Page Arena with victories in their first regular season games in their new home Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Falcon men led wire-to-wire in an 85-73 win over Central College in the first game of the doubleheader while the women completed the sweep with a 58-52 win over Carleton College. Senior Brennan Witt recorded a double-double in the men's win with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead five Falcons in double figures in scoring.
Sophomore Ella Stein placed second in the 100 yard breaststroke to highlight Hudson's contingent at the WIAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison Saturday, Nov. 11. Stein touched the wall in 1 minute, 3.48 seconds in the 100 breaststroke, just 1.31 seconds behind two-time state champ Grace Bennin of Verona and two-tenths of a second ahead of third place finisher Ally Silvestri of Middleton.
Twice injuries have robbed Griff Christenson of his senior season of football — first in 2011 at Hudson High School and again in 2016 at UW-River Falls. But last Saturday, Nov. 11, Christenson was finally able to end a senior season on his own terms as a graduate student at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Ore.
Junior libero Olivia Goulette and senior co-captain Julia Bennett have been named to 2017 All-Big Rivers Conference volleyball teams by the conference coaches. Goulette earned a spot on the All-BRC second team while Bennett received honorable mention. It was the first postseason honors for both players.